Dec 7, 2012 10:00am PST
and take a look at what happened you wrote about mitch mcconnell and his attempt basically calling for a filibuster of his own debt ceiling bill. how does that happen? >> big misstep by the senate republican leader on the floor. republicans have often brought up pieces of legislation that they know democrats won't vote for. the president's budget is an example. the day before mcconnell brought up the president's plan that secretary quiter in brought to republicans and harry would have put it on the floor. he took the debt limit and put that on the floor and harry reid said i'm going to take a look at it and get back to you. few hours he said hey, mitch, let's do it. and we have the votes let's put it on the floor and mitch mcconnell said only if there's a 60 vote thresh hold and republicans lost a lot of leverage there. this -- remember the debt ceiling limit was something republicans thought they could deal on going forward and that they could maybe get some spending cuts and agreement to raise the debt limit. >> they thought they had the upper hand. mitch mcconnell sort of blew h
Dec 6, 2012 10:00am PST
for someone like mitch mcconnell, he can with his own reelections coming up not have the counterweight of jim demint's considerable presence within the chamber. so there are some interesting aspects of this. it may also be good for the party, let's jump ahead a bit and the governor of south carolina, nicky haley, gets to appoint interim senator. might she choose someone who is also full of his tea party credentials, tim scott, a second-term about to be member of congress who is also african-american? you can make history by having the first african-american senator from south carolina. there is no african-american in the senate at present. so that might be a way to benefit the party as well. so there are lots of ways to look at this. certainly jim demint has done something he's quite good at, making headlines. >> kelly you, read my mind. chuck, do think the politics of the appointment, nikki nailly will make an appointment. tim scott, african-american tea party credential. demint made clear in private to folks in south carolina that's who he wants. walk us through politics of an appointment a
Dec 5, 2012 10:00am PST
orrin hatch, cluck grassley, mitch mcconnell and thad cochran but they voted it down. the floor manager john kerry called it one of the saddest days in his nearly 28 days in the senate which he says is broken and dysfunctional. the chairman of the foreign relations committee john kerry joins me now. thank you very much. you spoke of this passionately yesterday and you've had an overnight to think about this, but the moment was clearly so compelling watching bob dole on the floor, wheeled in by his wife, the former senator elizabeth dole and you and john mccain and other war veterans calling for passage of this, it tell me your thoughts today? >> my first thought, andrea, hate to say this i can't believe you're already talking about 2016. i'm sorry to change -- >> i'm sorry about that too. >> that threw me at the outset here. >> my apologies. >> that said, let me say to you, yesterday was exactly as i described it, just a very, very sad day for the senate. because fear triumphed and politics triumphed, not the legitimate concerns of americans with disabilities who want to travel abroad.